"Ghostbusters" at the 2014 Lights on David Street Halloween show. Video by Matt Ehresman.
If you’re looking for a fun, free and family-friendly way to kick off the Halloween season, starting at dark tonight, you can stop by 409 N. David Street and set your radio station to 106.9 FM for a spectacular Halloween light show coordinated to music.
Put on by Terry Flory, the Lights on David Street holiday light shows have been going strong for six years.
“We had few trick-or-treaters when we moved here. I thought putting up some lights might attract more kids to the block... and it grew from there,” Flory said. The show has grown so much, in fact, that it was named one of KWCH’s Top 10 Things to Do This Halloween in Wichita in 2013.
Featuring Halloween hits like “Ghostbusters,” “Monster Mash,” “Time Warp” and more, Lights on David Street is sure to get you feeling festive!
“I know a Halloween light show seems a bit uncommon compared to Christmas. Who's ever heard of a Halloween light show? Right?” Although they are few and far between, Flory notes that Halloween shows present some unique opportunities for visitors. “The weather is warmer for Halloween; kids can get out of the car and dance if they like, and there’s candy!” Flory said.
While it takes Flory three days to set up a show, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Putting on Lights on David Street requires hundreds of hours of programming and coordinating video and audio, as well as different types of lights and props. The display uses RGB LED lights and floodlights with over one million possible colors. In addition to this, Flory uses a laptop, Video Tracks, Audio Tracks, 10 AC and DC light controllers, a custom 100 amp electric panel, an FM radio transmitter, thousands of lights, Inflatables, and various props.
If that’s not enough, on Thanksgiving, just 26 days after the conclusion of the Halloween show, Flory kicks off the next holiday season with yet another show, this time for Christmas.
What started off as a means to attract more trick-or-treaters has grown to be one of Wichita’s best-loved Halloween attractions.
“I did a show test last night and had a bunch of the neighbor kids dancing in the street. It was great,” Flory said.
Don’t miss out on the fun! This year’s Halloween show opens tonight, Oct. 16, and runs through Halloween. The shows begin every night at dark and runs until 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the show runs until 10 p.m. or later.